Cleveland Murder Suspect Kills Himself After Pursuit

Cleveland Murder Suspect Kills Himself After Pursuit

Nora Cooper

Cleveland Murder Suspect Kills Himself After Pursuit

Steve Stephens, 37, was wanted for the death of Robert Godwin, a self-taught mechanic and

grandfather of 14 who was shot while walking home from an Easter meal Sunday in Cleveland.

Stephens later posted a video of the elderly man’s death on Facebook.

Through their tears, several of Godwin's children said they held no animosity toward Stephens.

Stephens was employed at Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency in northeastern Ohio that

serves children, teenagers and families, according to a spokeswoman for the facility.

She said Stephens was a vocational specialist who worked with youth and young adults. He had

previously worked as a youth mentor.

Stephens killed himself in Pennsylvania after a police chase.

A McDonald’s employee spotted Stephens’ car near Erie and called authorities.

Stephens fled and Pennsylvania State Police troopers gave chase. One officer performed a "PIT"

maneuver, a strategic way of ramming a car to disable it.

"As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and

shot himself in the head," police said.

"We're grateful that this has ended," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. "We would

prefer that it had not ended this way because there are a lot of questions, I'm sure, that not

only the family, but the city in general would have had for Steve."